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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                151

furniture,  and   the   Palais  de  PEgalite  is  full  of
auctions every night, where things sell very low.

December iqth, 1796.

I am in a new lodging in the Rue Honore,1
opposite I'Assomption. There is nothing between
me and the garden of the Tuileries but a wall,
so that I have the sun on my windows from the
time of its rising at this season of the year, and
am very comfortable; but the frost is intense.

I have had the first conference, and dined
to-day with Cottrau, the chef de bureau, and his
wife, a very pretty woman, at Sir George Chad's,
a Norfolk man, lately dubbed. He came strongly
recommended to Cottrau, who has got him pass-
ports to go through France and Italy to the
baths of Pisa. He seems a good sort of man
and invited me to a sumptuous vepas, having met
me at the Bureau.

December x6th, 1796.

I am frozen by the fireside.   Poor Major Gall
has been pursued by misfortunes;  for  no sooner

i The word Saint was abolished.